Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
B.S. Valparaiso University (1997)
Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2006)
Jill Stevenson is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. She is the author of Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010) and co-editor of Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). She has published articles in various journals and collections, with her most recent article, “Embodying Sacred History: Performing Creationism for Believers,” appearing in the Spring 2012 issue of TDR: The Drama Review. Her next book, Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance in 21st-Century America, will be published by the University of Michigan Press this coming spring (2013).
Jill is active in various professional organizations, regularly organizing sessions and delivering conference papers. She is the Focus Group Representative for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)’s Religion and Theatre Focus Group, and served on ATHE’s 2011 and 2012 Conference Planning Committees. She chairs the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Research On Medieval and Renaissance Drama, and was recently elected to serve on the Executive Council of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) from 2012-2015.
Jill teaches courses in theatre history, including the two-semester Theatre History sequence and various upper-level seminars on topics such as Japanese Theatre and Medieval Performance. She is enthusiastic about introducing students to a contextualized theatre history and helping them to explore how theatre participates in larger political, social, and cultural economies. She also teaches regularly in the college’s first-year Writing Seminar program. During the 2012-13 academic year, Jill will serve as interim co-director of MMC’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence.
Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010).
Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (Boydell & Brewer, 2012).